Teacher Jayne Cooling has had her hair shaved off to raise money for a charity close to her heart.
Mrs Cooling, 44, a year five teacher at Pontefract’s De Lacy Primary School, has raised £2,680 for Cancer Re-search UK in memory of her mum, Sandra Stratford, and her mother-in-law, Ann Cool-ing, who both died from can-cer nine weeks apart in 1999.
Mrs Cooling, who had her head shaved at the Kellingley Club in Knottingley on Saturday, July 5, was supported by staff, pupils and governors at the school.
Mrs Cooling, of Windemere Drive, Knottingley, said: “The night was very emotional - lots of people turned up to support me and to give me their best wishes.
“The messages I’ve received since doing it have been incredible and the school has been very supportive
“I’ve had pupils bringing me their pocket money and selling loom bands to add money to the fund.
“There’s definitely advantages to having little hair- I get an extra 20 minutes in bed every morning.”
Duncan Thompson, De Lacy Primary School head teacher, said: “Everyone was extremely touched when Jayne said she wanted to do this.
“The whole school has rallied round supporting her.
“We even had a crazy hair day to support her when she came into school after the head shave so she wouldn’t feel uncomfortable.
“Raising money for cancer research is something we like to do as a school to help people less fortunate than ourselves.”
Mrs Cooling added: “Cancer affects everyone in some way.
“I knew I wanted to do this and now felt like the right time.”
To donate visit www.just-giving.com/jayne-cooling or text OIOY77 with the amount you want to donate to 70070.